August 24, 1920 – July 26, 2009

Billy Post

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BIG SUR – The 4th generation of a well known homesteading family, Billy Post was a respected and enormously loved “old timer” in Big Sur. A humble and gentle man, he had an old fashioned sense of courtesy and manners.  Billy had a vast love and knowledge of Big Sur, his home and community, its history and environment.  He knew every tree and path at Post Ranch, and paid attention to the natural world around him, the wild creatures and plants and especially horses.  In his younger days he was able to combine these passions and share his experience with others by offering pack trips on horseback into the Big Sur wilderness.  Billy was an expert horseman and wrangler, and was known as a horse whisperer who always gentled, never broke his horses. While in his teens and twenties he drove cattle on the three day trip from Big Sur to the cattle yard in Monterey.  After the opening of Post Ranch Inn in 1992, he took guests on nature walks on the ranch and when arthritis claimed his joints he mastered the nuances of an off road Segway to continue his contact with people and nature. In his last years he shared breakfast with guests of the inn, telling stories of the bygone era of his life.  Bill had a way of paying attention and taking care of others, of giving them a glimpse of a simpler and quieter time. A man of integrity, he positively influenced the lives of thousands of people with his warmhearted graciousness and generosity.


Bill Post embodied the spirit of Post Ranch Inn and wherever one walks here, you still feel his presence. His gentleness, humor and stories are here.

Bill was loved by all of us in the extended Post Ranch Inn family and he changed many of our lives in many different ways. Although he will be missed, he will always be in our hearts and souls.

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Celebrating the Life of Billy Post